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Mr. Broadway

by James Yeara September 25, 2014

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  The genius of Jim Brochu’s Character Man: A Musical Memoir shows smartly in its simple setting: “Now and Then, Backstage or out front of a theatre.” A concert piano sits upstage right; two red theater ...

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Too Much Richard, but Still Hot

by James Yeara June 26, 2014

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  This “Too Darn Hot” is too damned good for mere words. The Act 2 opening number of Barrington Stage Company’s current production of the classic Cole Porter musical Kiss Me Kate starts slowly: As the ...

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Working on a Special Day

by The Staff June 19, 2014

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  The “special day” referred to in the title is May 8, 1938, and the setting is Rome. On this day, Mussolini is welcoming his buddy Hitler to Italy; in one apartment building, everyone has gone ...

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Soul Selling

by James Yeara May 28, 2014

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  The Other Place is a smart play about smart people. It begins smartly after a blackout with a smartly dressed woman in gray slacks, gray coat, blue blouse, and black heels commanding center stage: “The ...

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A Rich Vein

by James Yeara February 19, 2014

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  Ten plays @ 10 minutes each = comic gold. That equation is true this year at Barrington Stage Company’s annual New Play Festival, now in its third year. Directors Julianne Boyd, Christopher Innvar, and Kristen van ...

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Best Theater 2013: James Yeara

by James Yeara December 24, 2013

  1. Stockholm Stageworks/Hudson Having its American premiere at Stageworks/Hudson, Stockholm was riveting. The play was a dash of Mamet, a pinch of Ruhl, a sweating of Pinter, a snap of LaBute, sprinklings of Albee, a zest of ...

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Movable Fisticuffs

by James Yeara August 28, 2013

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  Ernest Hemingway reputedly accepted this bar bet: Write the shortest story possible. His reputed winning response: “For sale. Baby shoes. Never worn.” In an interview with George Plimpton for The Paris Review on “The Art ...

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A Helluva Show

by James Yeara June 26, 2013

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  Succinctly, “flat-out phenomenal” is the least that should be said about John Rando’s current staging of On the Town at Barrington Stage Company. As befits this late 1944 musical’s roots as a ballet by Leonard ...

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Comedy Tonight

by James Yeara August 16, 2012

See How They Run is tons of fun. When this 1943 British farce sticks it into high gear, the rowdy chase leading into intermission seems to follow the audience to the concessions and back in ...

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Brilliantly Conceived

by James Yeara May 29, 2012

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  No. 1: Intermission. No. 2: See this. No. 3: Extend the run. No. 1 is a one-word suggestion to playwright Duncan Macmillan; No. 2 is a two-word recommendation for anyone who likes theater; No. 3 is ...

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